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Old 20-08-2008, 04:46 AM   #1
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Default Need help with Front End for DosBox.

I'm too good at using command prompt for DosBox and so have been searching for a good Front End program to use. Only problem is that the ones I've found so far are either difficult to set up because of how many options there are and a complete lack of instructions or too few options making it impossible to adjust the speed at which a game plays at. :confused:

If you happen to know of a good DosBox Frontend please let me know. I miss playing UFO Enemy Unknown.
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Old 20-08-2008, 09:25 AM   #2
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You're also not so good providing essential info it seems.

Your OS?

BTW, no pain no gain.
If you want to play games without any effort buy a console, really.

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Old 20-08-2008, 09:59 AM   #3
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you can always make a setup with dos box (it has good manual) and sve the command in a shortcut. that way you can just click a shortcut next time you need to use it. oh and check ou the nice dosbox tutorial in the help section of the forums.
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Old 20-08-2008, 10:06 AM   #4
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I've explained it before a dozen times.
You can create modified shortcuts and config files that run specific games with specific DOSBox configuration.
It takes about 5 minutes per game, and once you're done you have a shortcut that immediately launches DOSBox, automatically starts up the game and exists the emulator when the game terminates.
No frontend neccesary.

I've set up over a hundred games this way - it's pretty straightforward.

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Old 20-08-2008, 10:15 AM   #5
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Well, assuming that you are waaaaaay too good:
The command prompt isn't really that hard. There are very few commands you'll need to get the games running. I'm also assuming that your keyboard is working properly.

The basic commands you'll need are:

dir (alternatively dir/p) - This will give you an index of all the files and subdirectories (folders in Windows) in the current directory. The /p switch will let you get the index one screen at a time if it's too long. If you look at the extentions of the file/directory names, you'll notice that the "dir" extention means this is a subdirectory. By using the cd command you can then navigate to that subdirectory.
You can also combine the dir command with an extention say, dir.exe, which will list all exe files (the executable program files) in the current directory. Other executable files are .bat and .com.

cd (change directory) - For navigating to a subdirectory.

cd.. - Navigate back to the previous/higher directory

All you now need is to type the name of the exe/bat/com file that will start the program/game or the setup if any. These have pretty obvious names.

As for myself, this is the preferred method, no front end, just a little bit of typing.
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Old 21-08-2008, 12:26 PM   #6
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You can manually create those 'shortcuts' as some are suggesting, or you can get DFend reloaded and with couple of mouse clicks be able to reproduce them. :amused:

But I would suggest first to learn some DOS, as it is necessary to know how to configure the games. (d-fend reloaded offers easy way to setup the games and to be able to copy/install them)
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